Whale Watching in Wollongong | Destination Wollongong


Jervis Bay Wild Whales

It’s officially whale watching season in Wollongong, from May to November more than 40,000 whales migrate along the NSW coastline. There are many stunning lookouts and vantage points dotted along the coastline where you can spot these amazing creatures, this is your guide to the best whale watching in the region.

1. Jervis Bay Wild & Shellharbour Wild

Jervis Bay Wild & Shellharbour Wild run tours and whale-watching cruises so you can get up-close to the action. With their two different locations you will be sure to see plenty of these amazing creatures. 

Jervis Bay Wild Whales

2. Bald Hill

Bald Hill is located along Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Otford. This spectacular lookout offers expansive views south towards Wollongong and north to the Royal National Park. With uninterrupted views of the ocean, bring your binoculars and you will be sure to spot a whale or two.


3. Sea Cliff Bridge

Located along Lawrence Hargrave Drive between Coalcliff and Clifton, this iconic coastal drive spans 665m over the ocean. Take a walk along the bridge and you will have amazing views of the ocean, hopefully spotting the whales on a clear day.

3. The Imperial at Clifton

The Imperial is located at Clifton, and is perched on the clifftop boasting wide-reaching views of the Pacific Ocean. It is the perfect place to sit, grab a delicious meal or tasty drink and keep a look out for whales.

Imperial Hotel Clifton

4. Headlands Austinmer Beach

Headlands Austinmer Beach is a stunning ocean front venue, surrounded by beautiful beaches and parkland. This headland will you give you a unique vantage point, with plenty of outdoor seating available. Plus, tasty food and delicious drinks. 

5. Sandon Point

Sandon Point Beach is located at Bulli and is extremely popular for surfing. The point is located above the beach and surrounded by bushland. With plenty of parking, a large reserve for picnicking and the walking track,  you can set up for the day and try spot those friendly whales.

Sandon Point, Bulli

6. Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill is located in the heart of Wollongong, right next to the harbour. It has uninterrupted views looking north and south. Bring a blanket and settle in as whale sightings are very common.

Wollongong Harbour Aerial - Chilby Photography

7. Grand Pacific Walk

Part of the Grand Pacific Walk has been built from Bald Hill to Clifton, it is a stunning pathway that follows the Grand Pacific Drive. There is a dedicated watching platform along the walk so you can look out and see the whales. It is located along the walk just as you leave Stanwell Park and are walking south to Coalcliff. 

Grand Pacific Walk - Whale Watching Platform